Because of the problems posed by this weeks weather, South Carolina High School League director Jerome Singleton has moved the starting date for high school basketball state playoffs back for a second time this week.
Almost all of South Carolina was affected somehow by the winter weather, but different parts of the state were dealt unique situations. The Upper State received predominately snow, while the Lowcountry was blanketed with ice. Singleton said he made the move to ensure a level playing field for all teams.
Earlier in the week, SCHSL moved the start of the playoffs to Feb. 19, but that is now the last day of the regular season. The first round of the playoffs for all classifications will be Thursday, Feb. 20, followed by the second round on Saturday, Feb. 22.
For Class A-AAAA girls and Class AAAA boys, the third round of the playoffs will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25. For Class A-AAA boys, the third round will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Upper and Lower State championships will then proceed as originally scheduled.
The new schedule does present challenges, including one day to prepare between the first and second rounds, and longer and shorter waits to start postseason action for some schools.
The schedule change is a boon to the hopes of several local schools that had to move games to Monday, and wouldve had one day to prepare for Wednesdays first round of the playoffs. Indian Land and Buford, South Pointe and Lancaster, Fort Mill and Nation Ford, and Rock Hill and Northwestern all play on Monday and will benefit from an extra day of rest and preparation before Thursdays first round of the postseason.